So who is this little artist that stole the show in a big way? Here's five things we know about JD McCrary.
1. He's working with Donald Glover again.
McCrary is starring in the upcoming CG-animated version of The Lion King, due in 2019. He'll be playing young Simba, while Glover will handle adult Simba duties. Safe to say, McCrary will probably crush it on the character's big solo song, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
2. He's an old pro!
The Granada Hills, California, native is pretty much a seasoned pro at the tender age of 10. After discovering his voice at the age of two, he's appeared on shows like K.C. Undercover, alongside Zendaya, as well as others like The Paynes, Blunt Talk and Teachers. He's also appeared on Little Big Shots, where he did a spot-on cover of the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back."
3. His Insta-game is on point.
These days, in Hollywood, if you don't have a good Instagram, you're practically a nobody. McCrary is ahead of the game here, with an adorable account and his own hashtag, #boywonder. Now, that is some branding.
He also has his own Twitter account and YouTube page, where he posts covers of songs. What's more, he has an upcoming album, according to Essence.
4. He's performed one of the most important songs ever.
Singing the national anthem is one of the highest honors any artist can receive, and McCrary has been there, done that. Earlier this month, he sang at a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game, and according to his caption on Instagram, it's not his first time there.
5. He has some famous fans already.
It's not just Glover who's happy to have McCrary by his side. Ellen DeGeneres is also in awe of his meteoric rise to the top with just one performance. "@JDMcCrary was just on my show and now he’s singing with Childish Gambino on the #GRAMMYs. Incredible," she wrote.
Check out his appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show below.
He has a good mentor too. According to Essence, McCrary received some advice from none other than Pharrell Williams. "He [Williams] told me to stay how I am, follow my own path, and a lot of just, great motivational things," McCrary said.
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